Is it true I cannot change my Vista with XP?

My Sony Vaio laptop which is over a year old and half is driving my sons nuts. Each time I log on, the whole house internet connection will be cut off. It is like my laptop sucked the life out of the whole system, both wifi and cable. My eldest son’s PC is connected to the router with cable while the rest wifi.

We checked both with Sony and another regular PC shop and after some trials, it is the Vista’s problem. I have like two laptops, three PCs and a Mac. None give the problem except my Sony Vaio. It is the only unit using Vista. I had connected the Vaio with a cable and it doesn’t cause this problem. Hence, the problem lies with my Vaio when on wifi.

I had done all the upgrade etc etc. Sony’s staff said some Vista users also face this same problem. I thought my regular PC shop will be able to wipe my Sony clean, install Windows XP and solve a 1001 problems I face with this Vista. Many of the softwares I downloaded cannot work with Vista.

But the chap said I cannot do that because of some bla bla bla XP driver no longer available yadda yadda yadda. I am quite reluctant to bring it to Sony authorised dealer because it is usually darn expensive. Talking about expensive, I learnt that I cannot find a cheaper alternative for my battery. I can only buy the original from Sony and it will costs me more than RM850. I might as well buy a new laptop, right? But of course, it is also a silly idea.

So, here I am, getting on everyone’s nerves when I log in because all their internet connection will be temporary dead until they redial again.

Sheesh….I HATE VISTA! And I HATE MICROSOFT’S WEBSITE. It is the most confusing site in the world and I am considered quite the techie mama.

Post Author: lilian

17 thoughts on “Is it true I cannot change my Vista with XP?


    (May 26, 2008 - 9:21 am)

    You can format and install XP on a vista capable machine.. You have to make sure that you have all the required vital drivers before installing and have the vista cd as backup just in case things turn ugly. You will have to change the hdd setting from SCSI to ide to enable xp installation.


    (May 26, 2008 - 11:16 am)

    first, (if possible), try to get the make and model of those important stuff in the laptop, i.e. graphics card, sound card, network slots, wifi, etc.

    then try to go to their respective websites and look for drivers. Download them if they exist, and store them sumwer else (CD or thumbdrive)

    if ur laptop is out of warranty, then u just format it urself and reinstall XP, then all the drivers again.

    one problem tat might arise is that some laptop’s peripherals are made only for Vista. In that case, u gotta stick with vista.


    (May 26, 2008 - 11:27 am)

    I think your technician is trying to kelentong you, of course Sony Vaio can support Windows XP! If no one in Penang can do it, I suggest you come down to KL to Low Yat Plaza where there are tons of shops there which can do this for you.

    – MENJ


    (May 26, 2008 - 1:14 pm)

    Hi Lilian,

    you can buy Asus Eee PC 4G XP for like RM1600 now, not sure whether it is available in Malaysia yet, some people get it from Hong Kong. As cheap as handphone and as useful as laptop (it is laptop ma…), I think ah ma and ah kong also will benefit because can istantly check for the 4D and Magnum results, one computer for the whole family hehe

    I sound like saleman pulak, but seriously 1 battery for RM850 and a family computer for RM1600, go consider :)


    (May 26, 2008 - 2:17 pm)

    I feel with you. I’m screwing around with Vista as well and its just terrible. How can a company huge and resourceful like Microsoft create an operating system that absolutely fails to deliver?

    Internet millionaire

    (May 26, 2008 - 2:25 pm)

    See? Told you. That why I went ‘backwards’.


    (May 26, 2008 - 4:45 pm)

    Kav is right in that you need to first see the hardware specs of your laptop to see whether their drivers have XP versions. If there is, then you can go to any computer shop and have them reinstall XP and the needed drivers.

    Otherwise, the latest hardware usually comes with ONLY Vista drivers, so you’re stuck with it.


    (May 26, 2008 - 6:08 pm)

    i got the same problem with my Dell when i just got it. Technician told me the same thing cannot “downgrade” to xp bla bla bla… software cannot support bla bla bla…

    i tried uncle google… problem solved!! yeah ! vista sux !!

    Make Money Talks

    (May 26, 2008 - 6:35 pm)

    My friend installed Vista and after numerous problems with drivers, programs, etc. he removed Vista in 2 days, XP is still rocking!


    (May 26, 2008 - 7:13 pm)

    You can update the version for the driver. I believe sony vaio provides driver for different operating systems.


    (May 26, 2008 - 7:16 pm)

    Did you check with sony about it..


    (May 27, 2008 - 8:15 am)

    Thanks for all the suggestions and ideas above. I checked with Sony authorised dealer again and this is what they told me :

    1) Getting a licensed XP costs RM200+

    2)Works done – maybe another RM50+

    3) All the one touch command buttons won’t work

    So, I have to forget it and buy a cable and connect it from my laptop to my router in the living room. *roll eyes*


    (May 27, 2008 - 11:33 am)

    Format the whole lot and downgrade loh.


    (May 27, 2008 - 11:58 am)

    That’s one of the reasons I still prefer clone PC, at least I can choose the parts that suit me or I want, unlike the branded PC always waiting to chop the customers only.


    (May 27, 2008 - 12:02 pm)

    but for Laptop we all like no other choice like that.

    *continue from my above comment, I terclick Submit*

    Luca Govoni

    (May 28, 2008 - 1:26 pm)

    Window vista taking much space as compare to XP. It can be change vista with XP window.


    (June 13, 2008 - 4:27 am)

    hi, it was my first post here.

    i don’t have experience using vista yet but, right now i’m using win xp sp3 which is vista alike. can be found in my blog

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